Black And White - Tessuti Frankie Top HACK!

A couple weeks ago, when scrolling through Net-a-Porter, pretending that I could actually afford to purchase anything and everything, I came across a pretty basic looking top from Marc Jacobs. Typically when "shopping" on Net-a-Porter I find myself drawn to overly detailed and eccentric things (in my mind I am a millionaire and we all know that millionaires wear some pretty interesting things), so it was kind of strange that I was being drawn to this top, but drawn I was! 
Knowing that there was no way I could justify spending over $300 on a T-shirt, I decided that I would try my best to recreate it. I rummaged around the internet a while before I settled on a pattern from Tessutis, called the Frankie Top/Dress Pattern.  Although there are a few differences (the neckline, sleeve shape and bust panel) I was happy with the loose silhouette on the lower half and honestly preferred the higher neckline and fitted sleeve. 
In order to keep the boxy shape of the Marc Jacobs Shirt I decided to use thicker/more dense stretch fabrics, both of which I got from Tessuti (#notsponsored) and both of which didn't really have that much stretch. To compensate for the lack of stretch I cut one size large than my recommended size. 
This hack was so straight forward I don't think the process really even needs mentioning but hey! while I'm at it why not. 

1) The first thing I needed to do was determine how far down I wanted the bust seam to be, so I quite literally held the pattern against myself and marked in pencil the seam line. 

2) I drew and cut a straight line, at a right angle form the foldline edge.

3) At this point you COULD trace around each pattern piece (bust panel and lower body panel), adding a 1cm seam allowance to each new edge, but if you're lazy like me and go straight into cutting your fabric, just remember to cut the additional 1cm seam allowance. 

4) Simply sew your bust panel and lower body piece together and VOILÀ, your hack is complete! As a personal preference and because my seam wasn't lying entirely flay I decided to iron and topstitch the seam allowance down, towards the BW stripe fabric.
Originally, just like the Marc Jacobs shirt, I only did the panel on the front pattern piece. However when I sewed it up and tried it on I thought I looked a little strange that there wasn't also a panel on the back. So I unpicked just about the entire garment and repeated the process for the back piece. 


I am still tossing up whether or not I want to go ahead with any embellishments. I know hat if I do it won't be as busy as what was designed on the Marc Jacobs shirt, it will probably just be some kind of iron on patch. I will put some images below of the patches I am considering, let me know what your thoughts are! 

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January and February Makes 2017

It has been a LONG time since I last uploaded a Monthly Sewing Makes video and I am SORRY! But I promise I have a good excuse .... I'm back at school. At the end of last year I decided to enrol in TAFE to study Fashion Design and Technology - essentially a glorified sewing course! It is the best thing that I have done for myself in quite a few years and although I am only 3 weeks in I can tell this is the right (and perfect choice) for me, I LOVE IT. So I hope you will pardon me for being so behind. 

I can't wait to tell you guys more about my experience and to see proof of my progress on camera, in these videos! So lets see how this goes hey? 

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Zebra Fill Top - Pauline Alice Cami Top

This is probably my 3rd or 4th go at the Pauline Alice Cami "dress" pattern and I am just over the moon with it. It's probably my most used pattern in such a short period of time. I want it in every colour, every fabric and every length! 

I cannot encourage you enough to try this pattern, I truly believe t deceives MORE hype that it gets! 

Pattern Size: I cut the 40 and it's a pretty comfortable fit. 
Fabric Used: I actually used a lightweight quilting cotton that picked up from a local quilting supply shop in Sydney. At $22/m it was a little pricy, but what can I say, I feel in love with the print!

Was It Easy To Follw: Yes, the combination of the printed instructions as well as the online Sew-Along, which has close up colour images, helped me to FLY through making this the first time - I actually got it out in about 5-6 hours - and now I don't even need to look at the instructions. 

Alterations Made: As you can see I decided to shorten the pattern into a top and I also added some fun ruffles down the centre by gathering two strips of fabric, overlocking the raw edges (which I wish I had done in a white thread) and sewing it to the button placket. 
My first time making it, I took it nice and slow doing the collar, because it was my first one and I was a bit nervous. I also decided to forego the under collar on this version as I felt I didn't need it, I was more flattering/ comfortable to have a flat lying collar.

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Menthe a L'eau - Aime Comme Marie Pattern Review

Hello Lovely Sewers,

I'm not going to go into a who lot of detail in this post as I have already dedicated an entire video (which should be linked below) to a review of this shirt. I thought of all the items I have made this was probably the best to review because a) it's an independent French pattern company and b) because there were several things that I learnt whilst making it that I thought would be useful for anyone else wanting to have a go at it. 

If you're interesting in making the Menthe a L'eau I definitely would encourage this project. All over it wasn't a difficult make and I do think it is suitable for an advanced beginner! 

This is going to be a staple in my 2016 summer wardrobe! 


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Summer Pattern and Fabric Haul October 2016

Bonjour my lovely sewers!

Finding myself a bit unsure of what I want to make this month, I decided to forgo making an "October Sewing Plans" video.  I think every sewer goes through these kinds of slumps, so I'm not concerned or upset by it, just simply waiting it out. In the meantime I bring you a HAUL of some sewing patterns and fabric that I am hoping will inspire me, and you if your experiencing something similar, out of this rut.

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1920's Lace Blouse - Peppermint Magazine Peplum Hack

With summer fast approaching I've realised that I really don't have any summery tops in my wardrobe, just a lifetimes supply of oversized jumpers, apparently! This ended up being another one of those "happy disaster" type garments that I am really involve with. The lace application on the lower back gives it a slightly sexy 1920's feel that is very fun and cool (in the weather sense not the social status sense). While I do think that the pattern still needs a bit of tweaking I think I would be very happy to make this again!

Pattern Size: If I remember correctly, I believe that I cut the Medium, which was the perfect size for me. It was designed to be a loose fitting garment so I think I could have gotten away with cutting a size larger or smaller than the medium - but I am quite happy with the fit of the medium.

Fabric Used:  This is a lightweight rayon that I bought from Jack Textiles on Marrickville Road for $6 per meter. It's not a great quality fabric but I was originally using it more as a toile than anything else. The lace was actually some old curtain material that I bough from Spotlight a few years back. 

Was It Easy To Follow: YES. There are no complicated procedures in this pattern and I never had any difficulties or confusion with using it. 

Alternations Made: Where do I even start. It's pretty obvious that the finished garment doesn't exactly mirror the top on the front of the pattern. I originally intended for this to be a really simple top that I could wear underneath cardigans and Kimono type tops. Unfortunaelty it didn't quite suit so instead of waisting the make I decided to let my inner creator loose. As someone who doesn't like to have their arms on display I knew that I wanted to add a sleeves, and I have been really enjoying this summery and feminine fluted sleeve (I stole the pattern piece from my Butterick 5030 pattern). I did however come across a slight problem as the pattern was never designed to be paired with sleeves. After inserting the sleeves I found that the fabric around the chest and back were really being pulled out of shape, so to compensate I extended the already V shape of the back neckline to just above the peplum. I toyed around with ideas of straps, patches, panels and more until I finally settled on a open back with a lace insert. It was relatively easy to do with the only things needing care being the pattern placement of the lace and making sure that it was placed level. 

Did It Look Like The Photo/Drawing On The Front When You Were Done: If you don't consider the alterations/hacks I made then yes, the bodice and peplum look exactly as I thought they would. 

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